LibriVox recording of Badge of Infamy by Lester del Rey.
Read by Steven H. Wilson.
Daniel Feldman was a doctor once. He made the mistake of saving a friend’s life in violation of Medical Lobby rules. Now, he’s a pariah, shunned by all, forbidden to touch another patient. But things are more loose on Mars. There, Doc Feldman is welcomed by the colonists, even as he’s hunted by the authorities. But, when he discovers a Martian plague may soon wipe out humanity on two planets, Feldman finds himself a pivotal figure. War erupts. Earth is poised to wipe out the Mars colony utterly. A cure to the plague is the price of peace, and only Feldman can find it (summary by Steven H. Wilson).
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August 23, 2012 Subject:
Good! But needs renamed chapters
I'm enjoying the book very much! I find, however, that my iPod plays the chapters out of order because they are sorted alphabetically. I had to rename each file from "Chapter One" and "Chapter Two" to "Chapter 01" and "Chapter 02" and so on.
June 3, 2011 Subject:
Whoo what a scary portrait!
Imagine if on the entire planet their existed only two unions, and they ran everything. Scary!
This is the story of the Badge of Infamy. A doctor saves a man's life when he is shot in the field, only to be banished from his job because it is illegal to operate anywhere but a hospital. Now a horrible virus is on the march, but R&D is also illegal. What to do, what to do?
The reader is excellent, the story is excellent. Enjoy!
June 26, 2010 Subject:
What a great story!
Martian Plague is pretty scary, especially when hospitals operate like the DMV and have the power to punish, exile or kill those who dare trespass against the tyrannical Medical lobby. Poor Doc has done just that, he then relocates to Mars only to discover a plague he can't research...legally anyways.
I god a kick out of this one. The reader did a great job too, clear and easy to listen to, 5 stars.
This is a fun story. It starts on Earth with the main character spending the night in a doss house trying to sleep next to a dying man, and being unable to do anything about it despite being a doctor. He's held back by the laws of "medical lobby".
Thus are we introduced to this far future with a gritty feel. Yes we have space ships, but not the clean loverly looking ships of Star Wars, but the tough dirty feeling you get when watching Blade Runner. The world is run by the lobbies and men are ground up in "the machine."
It's a tough place to live and our hero see's no hope except to try and escape to the less strict world of Mars. There his skills might be of use.
This was a great light story that filled an afternoon nicely. The well produced reading is easy on the ears. Classic SciFi well done.